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North Colonie grad earns Emmy for work on Oscars

| August 21, 2014
North Colonie Class of 1999 alumna Gloria Lamb (left) celebrates at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, where she was awarded for her work as art director of the 2013 Oscars. Joining her is Derek McLane, production designer for the 2013 Oscars. (Photo courtesy of the Television Academy)

North Colonie Class of 1999 alumna Gloria Lamb (left) celebrates at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, where she was awarded for her work as art director of the 2013 Oscars. Joining her is Derek McLane, production designer for the 2013 Oscars. (Photo courtesy of the Television Academy)

Gloria Lamb, a class of 1999 Shaker High School graduate, has earned an Emmy Award for her work as art director of the 2013 Academy Awards Ceremony, commonly known as the Oscars.

The award was bestowed at the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, Aug. 16. The Creative Arts Emmys are a class of Emmy Awards presented in recognition of technical and other similar achievements in American television programming.

The ceremony will be broadcast on the FX Movie Channel (FXM) on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 8 and 10 p.m. Click here to find your local FXM channel.

Lamb’s mother, Camille Allen, said Gloria has been a talented artist for as long as she can remember.

“I have artwork still framed from her pre-kindergarten and kindergarten days and it is still worthy of being framed,” she said.

Lamb performed with local civic theater groups the Family Players and the Spotlight Players Community Theater while growing up, but was always involved with the behind-the-scenes work, said Allen.

“She was always involved in creating the artwork for the productions, the posters, etcetera,” she said. “She liked getting her hands dirty, I think.”

Lamb, a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, has worked on the Oscars since 2003, when she was hired as a model maker for the ceremony. Since then, she’s been involved in numerous awards shows and dozens of other projects. Click here to see her other credits.

North Colonie Superintendent D. Joseph Corr commended Lamb for her achievements.

“On behalf of the staff of North Colonie Central Schools, I’d like to congratulate Gloria on this amazing achievement,” said Corr. “She’s a talented, hard-working young woman and we wish her continued success.”

It’s a sentiment that is shared by her family.

“We’re just really proud of her,” said Allen. “She’s always been a very motivated and hard-working person and as a parent you just want other parents to know that it pays off. Don’t give up, keep motivating your children.”

Lamb is currently working in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert on the Burning Man Festival and was unable to be reached.

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